Observing: A Phenomenological Approach

  • Pedro M. S. Alves Universidade de Lisboa


I sketch an analysis of observing as a particular attitude one can take regarding the surrounding world. I stress some particular features of observation, like the cancelling of the vital engagement in the world, and the delight that pure observation involves. Then I move to a description of figurative consciousness and its image-world. In the final part, I try to show how watching movies displays a new type of observation, based on the empathic connection with the characters, the emergence of a virtual body, and a self-decentered life, where the ego is not an onlooker, but something like an "in-looker".

How to Cite
ALVES, Pedro M. S.. Observing: A Phenomenological Approach. Phainomenon, [S.l.], n. 25, p. 175-184, oct. 2012. ISSN 2183-0142. Available at: <http://phainomenon-journal.pt/index.php/phainomenon/article/view/328>. Date accessed: 22 july 2018.
Monographic Section: Phenomenology and Cinema